[spur-mey-shee-uh m]
noun, plural sper·ma·ti·a [spur-mey-shee-uh] /spɜrˈmeɪ ʃi ə/.
  1. Botany. the nonmotile male gamete of a red alga.
  2. Mycology. a minute, colorless cell, of certain fungi and lichens, believed to be a male reproductive body, developed within spermogonia.

Origin of spermatium

1855–60; < New Latin < Greek spermátion, equivalent to spermat- (stem of spérma) sperm1 + -ion -ium
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British Dictionary definitions for spermatium


noun plural -tia (-tɪə)
  1. a nonmotile male reproductive cell in red algae and some fungi

Word Origin for spermatium

C19: New Latin, from Greek spermation a little seed; see sperm 1
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spermatium in Science


Plural spermatia
  1. A nonmotile cell in red algae and certain ascomycete fungi that functions as a male gamete.
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